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Welcome to our
Earthwise Learning Center
Classes page!
To view our new website, visit

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We can now accept online credit card payments for classes. Please note that credit card payments are not eligible for Early Bird rates and full tuition must be paid with one payment .


Hello friends!

Thank you for your interest in our Class offerings! I hope all is well in your world and you are peacefully being in the present moment and joyfully looking ahead to spring.  I rather enjoy these grey, dreamy days.  I find them to be the perfect reflection of deep-rooted work going on under the soil and in our lives, the dying away of what is no longer vibrant, and the building of energy for the rebirth forthcoming.

I am delighted to announce the classes and workshops for 2016!  Grab a cup of tea, kick back and relax, and read through the intro and schedule for this year.

We are ecstatic that the classroom is now open and that we have a new name: Earthwise Learning Center! We will be working on a new website soon, so stay tuned!


As always, the ever popular Basics of Herbal Medicine-Making is on the schedule, and I am also offering a one-day class on the Magic & Medicine of Trees; Plant Communication: The Sacred Language of Plants; and the annual Plant Walk. 

Alex Garcia of EarthSkills, llc, and I are teaming up to offer 2 full-day Food & Medicine Plant Walks that I am calling "
Take a Walk on the Wild Side!" Visit earthskillsllc.com to see all the class offerings from EarthSkills this year. 

This year we have two guest teachers.
Phyllis Light is returning in May for a weekend to teach an-depth class on The Power of One: Simples and Taste where we learn to feel the herbs in our bodies and to interpret the taste. Phyllis will also spend a day teaching an intro to Assessment Skills: Reading the Tongue, Face, Hands, Nails. She will also lead a plant walk during the weekend.

It is with much gratitude and joy that I announce that my mentor, teacher, and friend, Matthew Wood, will be here for a weekend in October to teach Shamanic Herbalism: Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines. If you know me, you've heard of Matthew Wood.


We may add another class or two later on, so check back occasionally.   I will be teaching at Medicines From the Earth, in Black Mountain, NC again this year! Visit botanicalmedicine.org to register.   I will also be presenting at the SCOOL conference again this year. Visit scorganicliving.com for info and to register.

Spend a few minutes looking over the schedule for 2016.  If you’d like to attend any/all, please let me know and send the deposit before the due date. Please pay attention to the Earlybird rates and dates to get the best price! Class size is limited, and these fill up quickly, so register early to secure your spot!


Green dreams and Winter blessings,

Robin





2016 Class Schedule

Note: Please pay close attention to the Early Bird rates and dates to get the best price.

To register for a class:
Send an email to robinmcgee16@gmail.com to let me know which class you wish to attend
and
Send payment by due date to:
Robin McGee
3456 Hwy 187 South
Anderson, SC 29626



Basics of Herbal Medicine-Making
March 19-20   10am-5pm   $165
Earlybird price is $150 if paid in full by Feb 1, otherwise
The $65 deposit is due by February 1, the $100 balance is due by March 1

Come in out of the cold, and let's get busy! Much of our time this weekend will be hands-on in the kitchen creating herbal products, so don't wear your Sunday best. We will cover harvesting, drying and storing herbs, herbal oils, salves, syrups, tinctures, decoctions and infusions, and resources for purchasing high quality dried herbs, seeds, and fresh plants. Students will create tinctures, salve, syrup, and cream to take home. A great workshop for those new to herbal medicine as well as those just needing a refresher.

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Magic & Medicine of Trees:
Honoring the Tall Standing Ones

April 2   10am-5pm   $100 due by March 7
Earlybird price is $85 if paid by February 14 

Since the beginning of time Trees have given us shelter, shade, food, tools, and beauty. Some of their gifts include medicine for cough, congestion, parasites, inflammation, rashes, etc. Half of our day will be a Tree identification walk where we delve into the magic, medicine, and distinguishing characteristics of Pine, White Oak, Wild Cherry, Tulip Poplar, Sassafras, Sweetgum, Mimosa, and Black Walnut. The remainder of our day will be hands-on making Tree medicine as we discuss proper methods of harvesting bark, roots, leaves, and flowers, when to make/use tincture, syrup, or tea. Students will create several products to take home as they deepen their relationship
with the Tall Standing Ones.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side!
with Alex Garcia and Robin McGee
April 9   10am-5pm   $125 due by March 19
Earlybird price is $100 if paid by February 27


Join Alex and Robin as they team up to lead a fun and informative plant identification walk to discover some of the seasonal roots, leaves, and flowers that Nature provides for food and medicine. Spend the day exploring field, forest, and transition zones as we discuss medicinal uses, mindful harvesting, how to prepare some of the plants for food and medicine, reading Nature signs, and an intro to the Doctrine of Signatures. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, lightweight portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen and notebook, camera, sunscreen, and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes. As we wander about we will gather plants to create a dish we all can enjoy with lunch and get a taste of the wild!

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Plant Communication:
The Sacred Language of Plants
April 16-17   10am-5pm   $165
Earlybird price is $150 if paid in full by March 1, otherwise
The $65 deposit is due by March 1, the $100 balance is due by April 1

Plants have a number of ways of communicating with us if we just slow down and pay attention. Get out of your head and into your heartspace, and open yourself to the vibration of the plants for a truly magical weekend. During this empowering, experiential, heart-opening weekend you will learn how to 'talk' to the plants as well as 'listen' to them . You will be surprised by how much you already do this!  Discover the Doctrine of Signatures and how plants give us clues about they can be useful in the body, explore Taste: Flavor and Impression and how it applies to understanding what the plants have to offer, experience Plant Meditation and learn to feel a plant working in the body, and participate in a guided Plant Spirit journey. "If we listen they will teach us."

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Weeds for Your Needs:
Plant Identification Walk
with Robin McGee

May 14   10am-2pm   $60 due by April 21
Earlybird price is $45 if paid by April 1


From Blue Vervain and Dandelion to Poke and Wild Lettuce, Nature provides us with an abundance of medicinal plants that are commonly looked upon as nuisance weeds. Learn to identify these green allies and discover some of their traditional uses. This is an introduction to some of the plants that grow in our area. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, lightweight portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen and notebook, camera, sunscreen, and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and
wear comfy walking shoes.


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Southern Folk Medicine II:
A weekend with Phyllis Light
The Power of One: Simples and Taste
and
Assessment Skills: Reading the Tongue, Face, Hands, and Nails

May 21-22   10am-5pm   $240
Earlybird price is $225 if paid in full by April 1, otherwise
The $100 deposit is due by April 1, and the $140 balance is due by May 1
Note: This class is filling up, so register soon!

The Power of One: Simples and Taste. The traditional method of herb use in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is the administration of herbal decoctions using Simples (single herbs). Our elders knew the power and wonder of knowing an herb intimately and using it in-depth. Join Phyllis for a history and rediscovery of the power of Simples as taken from her native tradition of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine. Herbs will be brewed and tasted during this class as we explore several native herbs and their simple uses. Together we will discover what that taste has to say about the medicinal properties of the plant and how the plant can be used. This is a hand-on, or rather, tongue-on experiential class. You'll be surprised by how much information a simple taste can reveal. We will also have a plant walk around the property and discuss
traditional Southern uses of local plants and their taste.
This won't be your typical plant walk.

Assessment Skills: Reading the Tongue, Face, Hands and Nails.
Tongue Assessment. Looking at the tongue is an easy and quick way to provide information that can be used in finding patterns of dysfunction. We'll discuss the basics of tongue assessment using Southern Folk Medicine taste patterns. We'll view a powerpoint of various types of tongues, then we'll look at each other's tongue. Tongue assessment doesn't just look for physical ailments and their tongue patterns but also mental/emotional imbalance and those patterns. You'll be amazed how much you can tell about a person by looking at their tongue.

Hands, Fingers, and Nails Assessment. Signs gathered in a visual assessment of the hands, fingers, and nails provide information about a person's nutritional status and can also be helpful in finding the perfect herbal remedy for specific complaints. This section will cover signs of healthy hands, fingers, and nails as well as common signs of health imbalance. Color, texture, lines, shape, moistness, and tone are just a few of the factors taken into account in this visual assessment class. Please take off all fingernail polish for this class.
 
Face Assessment. In this section we will discuss ways that the face gives us information about the health of a person. We will look at face shape, skin color, placement of lines, and areas of the face that correspond to various body systems.

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Shamanic Herbalism:
Animal Medicines, Plant Medicines
with Matthew Wood

October 22-23   10am-5pm   $250
Earlybird price is $235 if paid in full by Septmeber 1, otherwise
The $100 deposit is due September 1 and the $100 balance is due October 1
Note: This class is quickly filling up, so register soon.
 It will be sold out long before September.

Closeness to Nature, animals, plants, and dreamtime are characteristics most frequently associated with the shamanic path. In this class we will learn about the three selves of the shamans: conscious, animal, and dream selves, and why they are so important. Then we will study medicine animals - the animals serve as the spokespersons, so to speak, of our natural self and our unconscious. As we do this we will study the corresponding medicine plants because the most powerful plants are associated with medicine animals, and we learn back and forth from kingdom to kingdom. A few examples: Bear (Burdock, Angelica, Spikenard), Elk and Deer (Wild Bergamot and many mints, Sumach, Cleavers, Dogwood - despite the name), Rabbit (Rabbit Tobacco, Nettle, Wild Yam), Turtle (Gravel Root, Boneset, Oak, Black Walnut) Wolf ( Agrimony, Cinquefoil, True Solomon's Seal), Panther (Valerian, Catnip, Chamomile, Cramp Bark), underwater Panther/Catfish (White Water Lily, Blue Flag, True and False Solomon's Seal, Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm, mucilages).

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side!
with Alex Garcia and Robin McGee
November 5   10am-5pm   $125 due by October 15
Earlybird price is $100 if paid by Septmeber 24


Join Alex and Robin as they team up to lead a fun and informative plant identification walk to discover some of the seasonal roots, leaves, and flowers that Nature provides for food and medicine. Spend the day exploring field, forest, and transition zones as we discuss medicinal uses, mindful harvesting, how to prepare some of the plants for food and medicine, reading Nature signs, and an intro to the Doctrine of Signatures. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, lightweight portable chair if you are unable to stand for very long, pen and notebook, camera, sunscreen, and a natural bug repellent (optional). Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes. As we wander about we will gather plants to create a dish we all can enjoy with lunch and get a taste of the wild!

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We look forward to seeing you soon!
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